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The slurp: the real way to taste coffee

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Judging from the number of Starbucks and other coffee shops around town, New Yorkers really love their coffee. But we bet a lot of you never really questioned where it actually comes from.

From bean to cup a whole lot goes in to discovering that perfect roast. Real coffee professionals don't just sip their coffee. They slurp it.

Savoring that pure flavor is part of Green Mountain Coffee director Lindsey Bolger's day job. She says that just like wine different types of coffee has its own unique history and makeup.

"The reason we slurp is because we have taste receptors all over our mouths we want to broadcast coffee to as many receptors as we can," she says.

I trained my palate to taste the differences in a Colombian and Sumatran.

Most coffee we drink comes from the Bean Belt; about 70 countries circling the globe's equator.

This month Green Mountain is celebrating its Fair Trade relationship with farmers. The partnership gives bean producers guaranteed prices for their crops.

As coffee enthusiasts seek to learn more about where their favorite beverages come from, Lindsey says official tastings are becoming more and more popular.

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